The Granada Theatre Concert Series Presents


Arum Rae to open for the Searching for Sugar Man star on May 20

For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Carrie Cooper, (805) 845-4068

Santa Barbara, CA., April 2017 – The Granada Theatre Concert Series is pleased to present Rodriguez: A Solo Acoustic Evening, with an opening performance by Arum Rae, on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00pm. The legendary musician, singer, and songwriter reached global fame as a result of the Academy Award-winning documentary, Searching For Sugar Man. Audience members can look forward to an incredible evening of live music featuring the soulful voice of Arum Rae and Rodriguez’s internationally recognized sound.

Rodriguez began performing in clubs around the city of Detroit in the 1960s. He recorded two studio albums, Cold Fact in 1969 and Coming from Reality in 1971. These compositions went unnoticed in the United States, but became widely recognized in South Africa, where mistaken rumors circulated that he had perished. In the late 1990s, South African fans finally sought him out, leading to the unanticipated renaissance of his music career. Their story is told in the 2012 documentary, Searching For Sugar Man, which has given Rodriguez and his music a new measure of fame in the states, now reaching audiences worldwide.

Bouncing between states, “indie soul” Arum Rae went from performing on any stage possible – including dive bars, mental hospitals, and organic produce markets – to landing a high-profile placement on ABC’s Nashville, touring with the likes of Gary Clark, Jr. and B.B. King, and independently releasing her 2014 Warranted Queen EP acclaimed by Noisey, Spin, Paste, and more. On that road, she came face-to-face with addiction, loss, heartbreak, and everything in between. Inspired by a diverse musical palette including Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, OutKast, and Hank Williams, Sr., her story comes into focus on her forthcoming music for Secret Road Records.

Tickets to Rodriguez: A Solo Acoustic Evening range in price from $52 – $77, and are available now through The Granada Theatre’s Box Office. Please click here to purchase online or call the Box Office at (805) 899-2222. Dates and times are subject to change.

To learn more about how to support The Granada Theatre, please contact Hayley Firestone Jessup, Vice President for Advancement, at 805-899-3000 or For more information, please visit

About The Granada Theatre

The SBCPA, a privately-funded 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1983, is dedicated to providing best-in-class production, sales and administrative support to arts organizations from throughout the Santa Barbara region, including its Historic Theatre District partners (Lobero Theatre and the New Vic Theatre) as well as its eight resident companies (CAMA, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League and UCSB Arts & Lectures). 

The SBCPA’s most visible service is operation of The Granada Theatre.  Purchased by the SBCPA in 2003, restored and reopened in 2008, The Granada Theatre has state-of-the-art electrical, sound, lighting and fly systems, large and up-to-date dressing rooms, as well as contemporary audience amenities. By providing a world-class venue with skilled house management staff, production staff, marketing and ticketing services staff, the SBCPA is making it possible for many of Santa Barbara’s finest performing arts organizations to present their programs with the highest level of contemporary production support and audience comfort. For more information please visit